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Federal, state and institutional grants are another type of aid that does not need to be repaid. Grants are awarded based on your FAFSA, financial aid budget, other aid you receive and the SFCC financial aid packaging policy.

Federal Grants

SFCC participates in the federal Pell Grant and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant programs. Resident and nonresident students may qualify for federal grants.

Pell Grant

A Pell Grant is a federally funded entitlement grant program that awards aid to students based on financial need. To apply for a Pell Grant, students need to submit the FAFSA every year they are in school. The grant will be awarded based on your financial need specific in the FAFSA application.

For more information on the Pell Grants, visit the Federal Pell Grant page

Year Round Pell Grants

Pell Grants for Spring Quarter

In spring 2019, Pell Grant eligible students can receive up to 150% of their scheduled Pell award each year. What does this mean for you? If you were a Pell eligible student in summer 2018, fall 2018, and/or winter 2019, you may qualify for a Pell Grant for spring 2019!


To be eligible for a spring Pell Grant, you must:

  • Be Pell Grant eligible
  • In most cases, there is a requirement to enroll at least half-time (6+ credits)
  • Meet or maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Have lifetime Pell Grant eligibility remaining

Important facts to note:

  • Eligible students may receive up to four Pell awards in one academic year.
  • The maximum time-frame that students may receive Federal Pell Grant is the equivalent of eighteen full-time quarters. One full-time quarter of Pell equals 33%.

Check your Lifetime Eligibility

You can check for your remaining eligibility level online by logging on to NSLDS using your FSA ID. View your Lifetime Eligibility Units (LEU) on the Financial Aid Review page.

Minimum Credits for Spring Pell Grant

  • If you enrolled full-time (12+ credits) and received the full-time Pell Grant amount for summer 2018, fall 2018, and winter 2019, you must enroll at least half-time (6+ credits) in spring classes to receive a spring Pell Grant.
  • If you enrolled part-time summer 2018, fall 2018, or winter 2019, there is no minimum credit requirement to receive a spring Pell Grant (unless required by your EFC). You can use the remainder of your annual Pell Grant amount during spring with no minimum credit requirement.

Dropping, Withdrawing or Failing Classes

It is possible that you could owe money back for all or part of your Federal Pell Grant if you do not complete classes that you registered for in the spring quarter. The amount you may owe will be calculated based on the drop date, the number of credits and the last day that you attended classes.

Pell Grant Amount Depends on Enrollment

Your spring Pell Grant amount will depend on the number of credits you are registered in, as well as your Pell Lifetime Eligibility Units (LEU). The Pell Grant amount will be adjusted just prior to the release (disbursement) of your aid based on your enrollment level. Enrollment levels are defined in the following manner:

  • 12+ credits = 100% of the quarter Pell Grant amount
  • 9-11 credits = 75% of the quarter Pell Grant amount
  • 6-8 credits = 50% of the quarter Pell Grant amount

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

For students with greater financial needs, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant can be awarded in the amounts from $900 to $4,000 per academic year. This grant is awarded based on your financial needs stated in the FAFSA.

For more information on the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant visit the Federal Government's FSEOG page.


State Grants

The State of Washington provides financial aid grant assistance to resident students.

State Need Grant

Washington State residents are eligible for further assistance based on their financial needs. Eligible students may receive an award up to the cost of tuition. In addition to tuition, students may also receive funding to cover a portion of their "out of pocket" child care costs.

College Bound Scholarship

A state-funded grant program administered by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) that eligible low-income students applied for in 7th or 8th grade.

SFCC Institutional Grants & Waivers

A portion of SFCC tuition revenue is reserved for institutional grants and waivers.

SFCC 3% Tuition Grant 

A supplemental grant based on need. Currently the eligibility range is from $900 to $4,000 per academic year.

SFCC 3 1/2% Tuition Waiver

A supplemental waiver that reduces your amount of tuition costs. Currently the eligibility range is $900 to $2,100.